The distributed nature of WIL leaders across the many settings and WIL roles that sit within universities and partner and community organisations emphasise the requirement to blend distributed leadership into the Framework. It is not that WIL leaders use distributed leadership in an intentional sense, but that leadership is distributed and shared across the many roles and settings in which WIL occurs.
Within the WIL Context, a number of dimensions are observed which define the roles and settings for WIL. These dimensions provide a spectrum of perspectives which must be considered within the WIL context and include:
the balance between WIL in universities and WIL in industry;
WIL delivery in large and small industry and community partner organisations;
WIL practice in universities, disciplines and organisations with a long history of engaging WIL compared to those that have adopted WIL as a more recent initiative;
the level of organisational focus on WIL, including policy augmentation, resource allocation, pedagogical development and structural support for WIL; and
the role descriptions and responsibilities of WIL practitioners and leaders, including professional/academic responsibilities and in university/industry settings.